New York Asian Film Festival 2012 Jun 30 – Jul 12

New York Asian Film Festival 2012
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Added screening of Dragon on Thursday, July 12 at 9pm!

This year, the New York Asian Film Festival is bringing the crazy back! As ever, our two-fisted lineup is packed with the blockbusters, hit romances and wild comedies (and, yes, even a few art films) that are packing them in across Asia. And we’ll be delivering guests, wild ‘n’ wooly retrospective screenings, and the contemporary flicks that are scooping up awards and setting the box office on fire in Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

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Doomsday Book

Doomsday Book

KIm Ji-Woon | Yim Pil-Sung | 2012 | 115 mins

Centerpiece presentation! North American Premiere!

The much-anticipated three-part science fiction anthology from Kim Ji-Woon (I Saw The Devil) and Yim Pil-Sung (Hansel & Gretel). Robots! Meteors destroying the Earth! Viral outbreaks!

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All About My Wife

All About My Wife

Min Kyu-dong | 2012 | 121 mins

North American Premiere!

In this all-star remake of an Argentinian romantic comedy, a husband is too timid to ask for a divorce, so he hires a “boyfriend” to woo his wife away.

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Blood Letter (CANCELED)

Blood Letter (CANCELED)

Victor Wu | 2012 | 100 mins

We regret that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the screening of Blood Letter on Thursday, July 12 at 9:00pm has been cancelled. It has been replaced with an additional screening of Dragon.

From out of left field comes this Vietnamese martial arts movie full of flying swordsmen, weapon-wielding woman warriors, and the kind of wu xia passion the world has just too little of.

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Bloody Fight in Iron Rock Valley

Bloody Fight in Iron Rock Valley

Ji Ha-Jean | 2011 | 90 mins

North American Premiere!

A lone stranger rides into a town ruled by an out-of-control construction cartel, ready to settle scores in this award-winning, ultra-cool, modern day spaghetti western.

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Dead Bite

Dead Bite

Apisit Opasaimlikit | 2011 | 94 mins

North American Premiere!

Like smoking a fat blunt on the beach, this hazy, crazy zombie flick is all enthusiastic gore and surreal humor. Directed by and starring Thailand’s one and only hip hop crew, Gancore Club.

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Din Tao: Leader of the Parade

Din Tao: Leader of the Parade

Kai Feng | 2012 | 124 mins

North American Premiere!

The biggest Taiwanese hit of 2012, it’s the true story of a Din Tao (drumming ritual) team of losers and misfits.

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Dragon

Dragon

Peter Chan | 2011 | 114 mins

Star Donnie Yen in person at July 9 screening! Additional screening added on July 12!

The word-of-mouth hit at Cannes last year, what Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon did for swordplay, it does for kung fu.

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Golden Slumbers

Golden Slumbers

Davy Chou | 2011 | 96 mins

In person: director Davy Chou!

Obliterated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975, Cambodia's lost cinema lives on in the memories of the filmmakers and stars who survived the genocide in this moving oral history.

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Make Up

Make Up

Yi-chi Lien | 2011 | 107 mins

North American Premiere!

A mortuary make-up artist finds that the latest body on her slab is the closeted gay high school teacher she had an affair with years before. So who killed her?

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Nasi Lemak 2.0

Nasi Lemak 2.0

Namewee | 2011 | 108 mins

North American Premiere!

Note: Appearances by director Namewee and producer Fred Chong have been cancelled.

A food movie, directed by a rapper who has been investigated for sedition, that feels like a delirious early Stephen Chow movie. How could we not show it?

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The Sword Identity

The Sword Identity

Xu Haofeng | 2011 | 108 mins

A refreshing remix of the traditional martial arts film directed by the screenwriter of Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmasters.

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Past Films

10+10

10+10

Various | 2012 | 115 mins

Directors from Hou Hsiao-hsien to Wei Te-Sheng (Seediq Bale), recruit an army of stars like Shu Qi for these 10 short films about Taiwan.

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Ace Attorney

Ace Attorney

Takashi Miike | 2012 | 135 mins

Takashi Miike brings one of the world’s most popular Nintendo DS games to the big screen and it’s all about…lawyers? Prepare to have your mind blown by this mashup of The Practice and The Avengers!

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Boxer’s Omen

Boxer’s Omen

Kuei Chih-Hung | 1983 | 105 mins

Nothing can match the sheer lunacy of this Shaw Brothers martial arts classic about black magic. You are not prepared for the gut-churning special effects.

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Couples

Couples

Jeong Yong-Ki | 2011 | 110 mins

A remake of the NYAFF hit, A Stranger of Mine, this time-looping, multiple-POV Korean romance is about finding true love in the middle of the economic meltdown.

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Crying Fist

Crying Fist

Ryu Seung-Wan | 2005 | 135 mins

In person: star Choi Min-Sik!

The director of City of Violence and the star of Oldboy team up for a boxing movie about two deadbeats who desperately need a comeback. A neglected classic of new Korean cinema.

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East Meets West 2011

East Meets West 2011

Jeff Lau | 2011 | 99 mins

North American Premiere!

Note: Q&A with director Jeff Lau has been cancelled.

Wong Kar-wai’s longtime collaborator, Jeff Lau, delivers an exhilarating comedy about reincarnated superheroes (and failed pop stars) that includes musical numbers, animated sequences, giant battles, and genuine heartbreak.

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Failan

Failan

Song Hae-Sung | 2001 | 115 mins

In person: star Choi Min-Sik!

Choi Min-Sik and Hong Kong superstar Cecilia Cheung are paired in this low key, heartfelt romance about missed opportunities.

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Five Fingers of Death

Five Fingers of Death

Chung Chang-Wha | 1972 | 97 mins

In person: director Chung Chang-Wha!

Quite simply the most influential martial arts movie of all time, it launched the kung fu craze, paved the way for Bruce Lee, and is still a hard-hitting action flick.

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Goke, the Bodysnatcher from Hell

Goke, the Bodysnatcher from Hell

Hajime Sato | 1968 | 84 mins

Imagine a Mario Bava film, plus Lost, plus wild horror psychedelia from festival fave Hausu. Mind-bending retro madness.

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Honey Pupu

Honey Pupu

Chen Hung-i | 2011 | 103 mins

Taiwan’s elegiac tone poem for the internet age about all the lost and missing people who are sliding over to an alternate earth.

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Infernal Affairs 1 & 2

Infernal Affairs 1 & 2

Andrew Lau | 2002/2003 | 101/119 mins

10th Anniversary screening! Actor Will Yun Lee in person for panel with creators of video game Sleeping Dogs.

Martin Scorsese remade Infernal Affairs as The Departed, but taken together these two movies are Asia’s richest, most complex crime epic. Note: Infernal Affairs screens at 6:00pm. Infernal Affairs 2 screens at 8:40pm.

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Kill Zone

Kill Zone

Wilson Yip | 2005 | 93 mins

In person: star Donnie Yen!

This contemporary cop movie stars Sammo Hung, lightning fast Wu Jing and Simon Yam, and it turned Donnie Yen into a major star.

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The King of Pigs

The King of Pigs

Yeun Sang-Ho | 2011 | 97 mins

In person: director Yeun Sang-Ho!

Fresh outta Cannes, this animated drama is about two adults trying to remember what exactly happened to them as kids when they attended a nightmarish high school.

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The Lost Bladesman

The Lost Bladesman

Felix Chong | Alan Mak | 2012 | 109 mins

In person: star Donnie Yen!

The writers of the Infernal Affairs films wrote and directed this movie that tells the tale of China’s revered warrior, General Kwan.

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Love in the Buff

Love in the Buff

Pang Ho-cheung | 2012 | 106 mins

In person: director Pang Ho-cheung!

Pang Ho-cheung’s razor-sharp romantic comedy is the urban romance of the year. No familiarity with predecessor, Love in a Puff, required.

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The Miami Connection

The Miami Connection

Y.K. Kim | Park Woo-Sung | 1987 | 90 mins

In person: star Grandmaster Y.K. Kim!

Gonzo, 80’s exploitation madness on acid, it’s all about a rock band that does martial arts and the drug-smuggling ninjas they must defeat.

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Nameless Gangster

Nameless Gangster

Yun Jong-Bin | 2012 | 133 mins mins

Star Choi Min-Sik in person at June 30 screening!

Time magazine compares this gangster epic favorably to Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and they’re not wrong. Set in the 80’s, Choi Min-Sik is a corrupt customs inspector making his grab for the bloody, brass ring of gangsterdom.

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Oldboy

Oldboy

Park Chan-Wook | 2003 | 120 mins

In person: star Choi Min-Sik!

Note: Star Yoon Jin-Seo will no longer be in person at this screening.

It won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, and Choi Min-Sik is iconic as the hammer-wielding Oh Dae-Su, trying to find who imprisoned him in a hotel room for 15 years.

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Pang Ho-Cheung’s First Attempt

Pang Ho-Cheung’s First Attempt

Pang Ho-Cheung | 2012 | 50 mins

In person: director Pang Ho-cheung! North American Premiere!

Hong Kong’s hottest director (Vulgaria, Love in the Buff) screens movies he made in high school, mocking himself live, Mystery Science Theater-style.

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Sacrifice

Sacrifice

Chen Kaige | 2010 | 124 mins

Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine) employs an all-star cast in this searing drama about a doctor who must sacrifice his own son to protect the child of a disgraced court official.

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Scabbard Samurai

Scabbard Samurai

Hitoshi Matsumoto | 2011 | 103 mins

North American Premiere!

From the director and star of Symbol comes this deadpan comedy about a disgraced samurai who has 30 days to make a dejected boy prince laugh, or he has to kill himself.

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Starry Starry Night

Starry Starry Night

Tom Lin | 2011 | 120 mins

North American Premiere!

This Taiwanese hit is a visually inventive heartbreaker about a 13-year-old girl who hides in an imaginary world to escape the reality of her parent’s divorce.

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The Swift Knight

The Swift Knight

Chung Chang-Wa | 1971 | 81 mins

In person: director Chung Chang-Wha!

Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Chung Chang-Wha (Five Fingers of Death) counts this Shaw Brothers swordplay movie as his favorite of his own films.

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War of the Arrows

War of the Arrows

Kim Han-Min | 2011 | 122 mins

Korea’s surprise blockbuster of 2011, this swashbuckling period action movie won 14 major film awards, and is a fist-pumping version of Robin Hood.

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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale 1 & 2

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale 1 & 2

Wei Te-Sheng | 2011 | 276 mins

A special Fourth of July screening of the uncut, two-part Taiwanese blockbuster that is that country’s Braveheart about its indigenous peoples fighting for their freedom. 

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Vulgaria

Vulgaria

Pang Ho-cheung | 2012 | 90 mins

Opening Night! In person: director Pang Ho-cheung! 

A hilariously offensive shock comedy about making movies, Pang Ho-cheung’s ode to filmmaking makes Borat look tame.

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Zero Man vs. The Half-Virgin

Zero Man vs. The Half-Virgin

Sakichi Satô | 2011 | 105 mins

From the writer of Ichi the Killer and Gozu comes this touching tale of a cop with the superpower to see how many sexual partners you’ve had.

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Guns and Roses

Guns and Roses

Ning Hao | 2012 | 90 mins

Centerpiece Presentation!

Ning Hao, China’s most adrenaline-charged director, delivers a bank heist black comedy that moves at 500 mph.

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Korean Short Film Madness

Korean Short Film Madness

Various | 2011 | 120 mins

Featuring a short film (Night Fishing) directed by Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy) and his brother, as well as new shorts from Korea’s MSFF Genre Film Festival.

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Red Vacance, Black Wedding

Red Vacance, Black Wedding

Park Cheol-Su | Kim Tae-Sik | 2011 | 90 mins

North American Premiere!

This two-part film about adultery is a sexy, funny, over-the-top exploration of why we cheat.

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A Simple Life

A Simple Life

Ann Hui | 2011 | 118 mins

Sweeping awards from Venice to Hong Kong, this film turns a compassionate, unblinking eye on aging and dying. If you don’t cry, you’re probably a robot.

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